By Tam McManus

24th Nov, 2022 | 9:39am

Curtis Jones could now explode at Liverpool amid pundit's 'big' claim

Curtis Jones could now explode at Liverpool after signing a new long-term contract.

That’s according to former Hibernian striker Tam McManus, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 21-year-old’s role at Anfield.

On Thursday (17 November), Liverpool announced Jones had put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at the club.

The centre-midfielder has only been a bit-part player this season because of injury, being limited to just seven appearances across all competitions, with only two of those starts.

McManus claims Jones now has a “big chance” to reassert himself in the Liverpool team.

“He’s a handy squad player but do I see him as a regular in that team? No,” McManus told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

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“He’s signed that contract but I don’t see that as a sign that he is going to be a regular in that team. They have him and Harvey Elliot, a couple of good youngsters who can complement the squad and could improve.

“I don’t see him being a regular but for years now we have said Liverpool don’t have the depth to deal with the injuries they get.

“Maybe this deal will give Jones the confidence to get back into the team, that’s what Klopp will be hoping. Liverpool have a load of issues with their midfield and having Jones as an option would really help them out. This is his big chance.”

Jones has already made history at Liverpool by becoming the club’s youngest captain, wearing the armband aged just 19 years and five days, in the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury in February 2020.

He has made 81 total appearances for the club.

In other news, an ex-Fifa official has claimed the government are playing a ‘dangerous’ game with Liverpool as groundbreaking plan is revealed.